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Festival keeps community directors on the right track

By Lachlan Pollock, Our Community

With the new financial year in full swing, community boards are in the midst of a particularly busy period. To help ease the burden, take some tips from the Festival of Community Directors.

The Festival's weekly themes serve as timely reminders of the areas where community directors should be focusing some of their attention.

AGM season is upon us, so the festival began the new financial year with an AGM-focused week. Check out the webpage Organising a Great Annual General Meeting for free tips and tools. You'll also find a recording of ICDA's recent webinar on AGMs - and it's free.

While we're on the topic of AGMs, a recording of the August 7 ICDA webinar Taking Minutes is available for purchase - it's just $65 and is a cost-effective way of upskilling your organisation's secretary in the lead-up to your AGM.

The festival closed out July with a week dedicated to assessing board performance. Every organisation, big or small, should perform an annual assessment. The Assessing Board Performance webpage hosts a range of resources to make the process easier for your organisation. You will also find a webinar available on the webpage and the recording is available for purchase - it's just $65.

More training opportunities available

There are still plenty of training opportunities to come during the Festival of Community Directors.


Strategic Planning Week is next on the agenda for the Festival of Community Directors. During this week there'll be a focus on the importance of effective planning and some tools to help you tackle the task with minimum fuss, culminating with the webinar Setting an Effective Course for Your Organisation - just $65.


Discover the crucial role whistleblowing programs play in developing a speak-up culture. This free webinar will cover the framework of a whistleblowing program and provide lots of insights for NFP directors. Catch the webinar Whistleblowing at Your Not-for-Profit for free.


Not-for-Profit Finance Week, an initiative of Commonwealth Bank and Our Community, is a celebration of ideas, knowledge and financial capacity-building for the $100 billion Australian not-for-profit sector. The aim of this event is to bolster the financial capacity and sustainability of the sector, and provide support for the staff, board members and treasurers carrying out the important task of overseeing the finances. Catch the information packed series of free webinars.


This year we presented governance training for the disability services sector for over 200 community groups across Australia. The last instalment of the Rethinking Governance for the Disability Sector training sessions will take place in Sydney on Friday 20 September and is free thanks to the support of CommBank.


As the end of the year draws near, the last full week of October is a perfect time to begin planning for #GivingTuesday, which falls on 3 December 2019 - the start of the Christmas giving season in Australia. Resources provided during this week will help you to understand how to make the most of this annual celebration. Catch the webinar How to Make a Motza during Giving Tuesday for free!


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